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If someone wanted to learn a martial art in order to feel more secure, which one would you recommend?


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Criminal's attack people that they think they can dominate. If a criminal sees someone that walks confidently or will be trouble for them then the criminal would rather just leave them alone and wait to find another victim that they think might be able to deal with so walking confidently is important.

With self defense the most important thing is getting away, especially if there is more than one attacker. Because of this grappling arts such as Judo or jujutsu are not as effective. If you grab someone and they have a partner in crime then you are in a lot of trouble. The grappling arts are probably the best for a full body work out though and if there is some drunk guy that is beligerant then taking him to the ground and holding him there until the police arrive is easier if you know a grappling art.

If your only goal is self defence I would say practice karate, taido, or kempo. And make running a hobby. When an attack comes after you get away as face as you can, maybe that means just running, maybe you will have to punch him in the face and then immediately run while he is still shocked and in pain. Get away and call the police.

When I visit America I study at a Shur-ryu(首里流)karate school, I attend Judo classes now in Japan and I have studied and am trying to open a dojo for Ryukyu Kobudo (琉球古武道)

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The Smith and Wesson method may be the most effective.

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Gun Fu

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If my time in the US has taught me anything, it's that even if feelings of insecurity may motivate people to buy guns, actually owning them doesn't necessarily make them feel more secure. If anything, the heavy overlap between the gun-owning community and the doomsday prepper community makes me wonder if investing in objects for a feeling of security doesn't actually have a risk of making the person feel more insecure.

Since the question is what we recommend for someone to "feel more secure" (emphasis mine) as opposed to be more secure, I'd recommend whatever martial art the person likes the aesthetics of and enjoys the feeling of the movements in. Because for most people in the developed world feelings of insecurity probably don't correlate too much with actually being in danger, at least not in the precise level of danger where knowing one martial art as opposed to another can mean the difference between life and death. So whatever is going to get this particular person to move their body and stick with it is probably going to do the job.

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I googled "the martial art of running away" and found it exists. It is called "parkour". I think this is what the British call "dan kaak". Having mastered this, I would then suggest the martial art of "having a friend who is good at boxing". And after that, if possible, the art of "having three elder brothers". But that's not for everybody.

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IMHO, trying to learn martial art today in order to feel more secure is like practicing piano with a single-octave toy piano and thinking the skill will translate directly to a grand piano. In the old days martial arts were taught by masters who actually survived numerous life and death situations. Most teachers today probably never even fought a real fight before, they're just teaching you ceremony and showmanship.

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Boxing is supreme. We learn how to hit extremely hard, fast and accurately and how to evade and avoid the attacker's punches.

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Why pay someone to beat you up repeatedly over time, because you will spar during training, just to feel secure? I haven't been in a physical fight since 11th grade in high school, 38 years ago, because my feet don't take me into situations where I would need to fight.

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Seriously, any martial art is good as long as the teacher is of good moral character.

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ATK (Anti-Terror-Kampf) is a good mix of techniques and can be helpful. But awareness training is more important: To be able to scan unknown terrain for possible dangers at an instant and thus avoiding confrontation in the first place has helped me a lot. If that fails, there's still a chance at verbal self-defence/de-escalation. As I'm a lousy runner I prefer not getting into trouble in the first place, but in case of emergency I'm prepared to use my door keys or a tightly folded newspaper effectively.

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martial arts and self defense are not the same. most martial arts today, while great for confidence, are for sport. not much good if someone is coming at you with a knife. while there are some martial arts / self defense systems like kali and krav maga that are more geared towards those situations, first line of defense should always be attention and avoidance.

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Situational awareness, knowing your surroundings and escaping skills(running are best).

I am in the Military right now(again) and have extensive MA training.

If you got the right mindset you will survive, most MA are now Sports and no longer teaching disabling or killing skills, unless you become an inner door student. There are a few patterns that will result in a fight, learn those and how to escape the pattern.

Self-confidence is a great deterrent for most attackers.

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I vote for GunFu also.

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Try Gun-Kata.

Problem is you kill majorly the Opponent and he might die or counter-sue for damages incurred.

Always a risk with military or realistic MA /Combat training where the goal is to take the Opponent down or disable/cripple him very fast. Great for war but highly undesirable with the Police.

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I do Aikido and I can walk around much more comfortably---growing up in the inner-city schools of Chicago helped prepare me a bit too. But Aikido is a slow process. I say 1-3 years won't help you much (unless you're a really good student) and got a good knack for things. If you make it past that hump though, you'll keep your abilities until you die and only get better (as opposed to the harder martial arts). I know some 60+ year old small ladies who could destroy me.

If you're impatient and need something now, you can do the Jewish martial art, Krav Maga. But it's some devastating stuff. We're talking breaking stuff, totally incapacitating your attacker with complete disregard for his welfare. If it were my daughter, I'd let her do it. With the hope that she'd turn to Aikido after.

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After 35 years of serious martial arts training I will answer: Boxing or Muay Thai Kickboxing for self defence. You will learn effective techniques quickly and the superior aerobic workout will help you do the most important thing...run away.

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Indonesian silat.

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